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Gamestop Record: 1.5 Million Reserves for Modern Warfare 2

Not that this should be huge news to anyone, but Gamestop told the USA Today that their company has now seen the largest reservation total for one videogame, thanks to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Tony Bartel, the chain’s executive vice president for merchandising and marketing, confirmed the record setting number with the daily newspaper. “As of today, the number of pre-order reservations we’ve taken for the game is the highest for any title we’ve ever sold in our 6,200 store network.”
While Bartel didn’t go into details about a specific number on where the company stands currently with total number of reservations, or where they plan to be when the game launches on November 10th, we actually have them.
According to someone inside Gamestop, we were told that the company has about 1.5 million total reservations, and their initial goal is to reach the 2 million mark when the game launches in less than a week. Will they reach it? I don’t know, but as of now Gamestop should make around $90 million. And that would be if no one else reserved between now and then. And don’t forget some of the special edition packages cost as high as $150; however, from what we were told there isn’t a whole lot of those pre-ordered inside the company to really affect how much they make.
If Gamestop does succeed and hits their original goal of 2 million reserves, Gamestop would make a cool extra $30 million. Tony Bartel adds that he feels “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will be the biggest entertainment launch of all time.” With these numbers, it’s hard to argue with him.

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Not that this should be huge news to anyone, but Gamestop told the USA Today that the company has now seen the largest reservation total for one videogame, thanks to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Tony Bartel, the chain’s executive vice president for merchandising and marketing, confirmed the record setting number with the daily newspaper. “As of today, the number of pre-order reservations we’ve taken for the game is the highest for any title we’ve ever sold in our 6,200 store network.”

While Bartel didn’t go into the details about a specific number on where the company stands currently with total number of reservations, or where they plan to be when the game launches on November 10th, we actually have them.

According to someone we talked to inside Gamestop, we were told that the company has about 1.5 million total reservations, and their initial goal is to reach the 2 million mark when the game launches in less than a week. Will they reach it? I don’t know, but as of now Gamestop should make around $90 million. And that would be if no one else reserved between now and then. And don’t forget some of the special edition packages cost as high as $150; however, from what we were told there isn’t a whole lot of those pre-ordered with the company to really affect how much they make.

If Gamestop does succeed and hits their original goal of 2 million reserves, Gamestop would make a cool extra $30 million. Tony Bartel adds that he feels “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will be the biggest entertainment launch of all time.” With these numbers, it’s hard to argue with him.

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Pictures of the Aftermath from the Terrorists Level in Modern Warfare 2

If you haven’t heard, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is going to have an option to play as the terrorists in one mission. Some people are just fine with it, while others, including gamers no less, are against the idea of playing as the enemy. During the scene, a elevator opens up at an airport and it’s up to the player to shoot and kill as many innocent bystanders as possible.
A video was leaked a few days ago that showed the action in motion. It was kind of hard to make out because the footage was so grainy, but you could easily tell what was going on. Infinity Ward quickly took down the footage, although I’m sure it’s more than accessible to find online at various websites.
The site ps3-scene has some images of what the aftermath looks like when the player is done gunning down the civilians. After I checked them out, I found it actually quite shocking and I even can understand why some people are disgusted by what Infinity Ward decided to included in the game. I picked out a few of the disturbing pictures, but if you want to see rest, just click here.

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If you haven’t heard, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is going to have an option to play as the terrorists in one mission. Some people are just fine with it, while others, including gamers no less, are against the idea of playing as the enemy. During the scene, a elevator opens up at an airport and it’s up to the player to shoot and kill as many innocent bystanders as possible.

A video was leaked a few days ago that showed the action in motion. It was kind of hard to make out because the footage was so grainy, but you could easily tell what was going on. Activision quickly took down the footage, although I’m sure it’s more than accessible to find online at various websites.

The site ps3-scene has some images of what the aftermath looks like when the player is done gunning down the civilians. After I checked them out, I found it actually quite shocking and I even can understand why some people are disgusted by what Infinity Ward decided to included in the game. I picked out a few of the disturbing pictures and you can see the rest of them after the jump. (more…)

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Modern Warfare 2 in Jeopardy of Being Banned in Australia?

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If you haven’t heard yet, Modern Warfare 2 is going to have a segment where the player is going to be a terrorist, walk into an airport and gun down as many innocent bystanders as possible. The feature was first known thanks to some leaked footage that was released online a few days ago. While I have my own opinion about playing as the enemy, I knew this was going to draw some controversy among people and groups who are already against violence in videogames.

An Australian lobbyist group called the Australian Council on Children and the Media are disgusted by the images of seeing a virtual massacre, which is up to the players to make sure the mission is a success. The group is calling on the Australian government to re-rate the title from MA15+ to “Uncensored,” which means it would most likely be banned in the ‘Land Down Under.’

The consequences of terrorism are just abhorrent in our community and yet here we are with a product that’s meant to be passed off as a leisure time activity, actually promoting what most world leaders speak out publicly against,” said Jane Roberts, president of the Australian Council on Children and the Media. “We understand that it’s a game but … we’re not far off when you look at the images that you could actually put it on a Channel Nine news report and you’d think maybe that is real. If that material was on the internet about how to become a terrorist, how to join a group and how to wipe out people – that would be removed because it would not be acceptable.”

Comparing a videogame to some terrorist propaganda is just ridiculous. Modern Warfare 2 is not teaching anyone on how to become a terrorist, its simply showing what it would be like through the eyes of one. I find it unethical on her part to even hint towards that.

It should be noted that Australia is one of the only countries that doesn’t include an 18+ with their rating system. They feel its up the the developers to take responsibility and not feature adult themes, otherwise it would run the risk of not even being sold in Australia.

I understand that Jane Roberts is nervous that Modern Warfare 2 will somehow invoke children to become a future terrorist, and I guess I can somewhat respect that, even if I one-hundred precent disagree with her belief. With that said, I think it’s more dangers for any government to ban any form of media or expression. I wish someone like Jane Roberts would see that instead of pushing her own agenda.

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3rd-Person View Mode for Modern Warfare 2?

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Back in September, Infinity Ward’s community manager Robert Bowling, teased fanboys of Modern Warfare that the second installment would have a game changing mode, which was yet to be revealed. The only thing he promised is “once you see it, you completely forget everything we’ve already talked about. It becomes this whole new game. That’s what I’m excited for.”

Today, the image above has leaked, claiming to be from a Modern Warfare 2, which shows off some the modes for online multiplayer. Where ever this image was captured from, it seems like it was being broadcasted online using a webcam because of the “ON2” logo on the bottom right of the picture. The text is apparently in a foreign language, but people have already began to translate it and Kombo has done just that. It includes your standard modes like deathmatch, free-for-all and capture the flag. But one thing stands out and that would be the option to include a third-person view for team deathmatch. Meaning, there could be a mode that will have the camera follow the character, like Gears of War, instead of seeing just the gun in front of your television. Could that be the so-called game changer? Maybe, but I don’t find it huge.

This was not the only thing leaked today that hints towards a third-person mode. A video claiming to be from Modern Warfare 2, is showing the whole character, instead of just the gun. However, this could be nothing more than a person following a soldier because whomever is playing has already died and is waiting for the next round to start. If you want to watch the video, check it out after the jump.

Again, I’m not sure how “gaming changing” this constitutes. If this ends up being true, I don’t think this does anything more than please some gamers who might have made the switch from the SOCOM series to Modern Warfare. Personally, I would rather play in a first-person view. (more…)

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Best Buy: List for Midnight Openings for Modern Warfare 2

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Pretty much any retailer who plans to sell Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 on launch day, is probably going to have a midnight opening to celebrate the first-person shooter. Best Buy is no exception. The company has released which stores will be open at 12:00AM on November 10th, 2009. According to the website, over 500 stores will cooperate and open at the the strike at midnight, and please the fans of the series. Obviously not every Best Buy is going to have the midnight launch, but it’s little under half of the amount of Best Buys that are currently in America.

Of course, if you don’t see a store near you that will be opening at midnight, or an actual Best Buy store isn’t near you — other retailers such as Gamestop will also be having a midnight launch. From what we understand, most Gamestops are going to be open once the clock hits 12.

After the jump, check out the list of Best Buys which will open early. (more…)

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New Modern Warfare 2 Trailer Shows D.C. Destroyed

Infinity Ward has released another trailer for their soon-to-be blockbuster first-person shooter, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. As promised, the clip shows off two full minutes of in-game footage and it debuted on Sunday Night Football on NBC. Even though I knew the trailer was going to be aired during one of the commercials breaks, I was thrown off guard because right when it started, I thought it was an advertisement for the Army or Marines. I quickly learned it wasn’t either and the game seems to impress even more so, as time passes.

I noticed a couple facts while watching it. First, the biggest thing that pops-out besides the gorgeous graphics, is how the story will be at least be partly told inside the United States. Most of the trailer shows images of a Washington D.C., that has been destroyed by war. Things like the Washington Monument have been torn apart and fire reflects off of the night sky, to represent hell is indeed in the country’s capital.

One other thing that should be worth mentioning is how more vehicles will probably be playable with the game. At one point, notice how one of the characters is in a raft, while also shooting enemies — it’s pretty awesome stuff. November 10th, cannot come soon enough.

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Xbox 360 Modern Warfare 2 Bundle With 250GB HD Coming

Chances are if you already own an Xbox 360, you’re probably planning on buying the anticipated first-person shooter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Although, if you don’t own the system just yet and you are thinking about purchasing the game, this next bundle could be a great deal for you.

Microsoft and Activision have teamed up to deliver a Xbox 360 Modern Warfare 2 bundle. The package will come with an exclusive 250GB hard-drive, a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 game, a MW 2 themed black Xbox 360 system, two wireless controllers and a headset. The whole shebang is only going to cost $399, which is ridiculous if you think about it.

If you compare it with the current Xbox 360 Elite model, that system is priced at $299. So, for only $100 more you get and extra controller, larger hard-drive space and what could be the best game of 2009 — Modern Warfare 2. Sounds like a no-brainer to me if you’re looking to buy the 360 this holiday season.

The bundle will be shipped the same day when Modern Warfare 2 hits stores, which is on November 11, 2009. If you’re also hoping to see the 250GB hard-drive sold separately, you can stop doing just that. Microsoft has confirmed the extra space will not be available to current 360 owners, which is a shame.

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Gamestop: Pre-Orders for “Prestige Edition” of Modern Warfare 2 Ends Tonight

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Infinity Ward has already promised that the “Prestige Edition” of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which includes night vision goggles, would actually be limited and not on stores shelves a year from now — at a discount price. Retailers even requested Activision if they could receive a second shipment of the bundle and the publisher quickly denied them.

We’ve been told by management from Gamestop that the giant retailer would no longer take reservations after they shut their doors tonight. So, if you were hoping to walk into one of the 4,000+ stores Gamestop owns and purchase the “Prestige Edition,” you’ll be out of luck.

That doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find one anywhere on launch day, but your chances will greatly diminish if you don’t just pre-order the package. If you are at all worried about not being able to find the regular edition of Modern Warfare 2, I wouldn’t be. Unlike the “Prestige Edition,” there will be plenty of games to go around and retailers will have no problem filling up their shelves with the anticipated first-person shooter.

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New Multiplayer Footage of Modern Warfare 2

Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 fanboys can agree on one thing. They both can’t wait for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. While we all eagerly await Infinity Ward‘s masterpiece, we also get giggly inside when a new video hits the web about this next installment of the epic first-person shooter. Today, IW and Activision have released another clip that shows off some ‘Flag Runner‘ multiplayer action.

Watch as whomever plays the game during the clip owns everyone in the game. Also make sure you watch the clip all the way to the end as there is a surprise that pays homage to Perfect Dark. You’ll also notice the gun at the very end has dual attachments.

November 10th can’t come soon enough.

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Two Gorgeous Modern Warfare 2 Screenshots

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is so big, if Activision decided to release one image a day — it would be always one of the top stories everyday. Today the company has released two gorgeous screenshots of Modern Warfare 2.  The picture up top is to me is more impressive, even though we see close-ups of the soldiers running with the second one.

In the picture up top, check out the lighting reflecting off of the individual ripples of the water, it’s pretty impressive stuff. Also, seeing the ice floating on the ocean gives off a great effect.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is due out on November 10, 2009 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

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